I find it quite amusing to read that the Federal Assistant Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke has threatened Fremantle Council that the government could revoke Fremantle’s ability to conduct citizenship ceremonies because it will no longer have an event on Australia Day on January 26, but instead a big concert on January 28.
The Ass. Minister said council could not politicise the national celebrations of Australia Day.
Citizenship ceremonies all over Australia are held on days other than Australia day, so I see no reason why the City of Fremantle should be forced to hold one on January 26.
I would also like to know how many WA councils and shires celebrate Australia Day with events other than citzenship ceremonies. Has anyone in the commercial mass media bothered to check?
As promised here some more excerpts from the very good first speech by new Fremantle MP Josh Wilson in Parliament House, Canberra on Monday. The entire speech is too long to fully publish it on Freo’s View, but you can hear it on Josh’s Facebook page.
I have the honour of being sent here to represent the mighty federal electorate of Fremantle, the place where the Swan River, or Derbarl Yerrigan, meets the Indian Ocean, in the land of the Whadjuk Noongar, the place known for thousands of years as Walyalup.
I am proud to say that I have been shaped by Fremantle, by its landscape and its culture; by its function as a place of industry and trade and the arts; a port city; a place of arrival, whose multicultural diversity and cohesion has been hard won and is precious; a place that looks out into the world and welcomes people, whether they come for a short or a long time, with open arms; a place defined by the heat and by the sea.
Representing Fremantle is a great responsibility. There is no role or task that I can imagine being more meaningful to me in this life, and I am going to pour myself into this work—at home, in my electorate, and here in this place. I relish the fact that this work spans the full range: from helping a person who has come to you when every other door is closed to working in this place to shape national laws and policy, and I think one should inform the other. If you are from WA, it is work that literally spans the continent, and I look forward to all of it. I hope I can undertake the task with energy, humility, dedication and good humour. My constituents in Freo and my children will let me know if I do not.
………..When Carmen Lawrence gave her first speech in this place in 1994 she remarked on the centenary of universal suffrage. My daughters are here today and I am glad they are able to see a parliament, especially on this side, that is replete with women who are ready to make a contribution and take their place here on merit, because women have been ready to make their contribution on that basis for a long time, and that process is not finished. Let’s remember there are 72 seats in this place that have not yet been represented by a woman.
……Good government, responsive and reforming government, is not just important, it is necessary, but there is more to be done. There is a danger, I think, when you come to participate in the work of parliament, not that you will be deluded into thinking that we happen to exist at an especially crucial moment in history but that we might be deluded instead into thinking that all the big changes have been won; that what is left is only marginal, asymptotic progress along the curve. On any reasonable assessment, that is not the case. There is in fact a great deal more to do.
The Fremantle electorate is bound up in a number of those challenges: in the need for action on climate change and renewable energy; in the need to hasten the too-slow progress to close the gap between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians; in relation to the future of work in this country, its forms, quantity and conditions; in regional leadership and our engagement with the wider world; and in the need for smart and forward-looking urban design and planning, and the delivery of matching transport and communication infrastructure.
Granted, city planning sounds boring and technocratic, but unless we get it right we will consign families in outer metro areas to lives limited by unaffordable housing, dislocated from jobs and services and characterised by congestion in suburbs where people struggle to feel connected to their neighbours because there is no reason to walk or ride through the streets, no local shops or community centres and poor public transport. The local governments in my electorate—Cockburn, Fremantle, East Fremantle and Melville—are seized by this challenge but they are frustrated at not being met halfway by state and federal governments. There is no better example right now of that frustration than the Perth Freight Link. My community is fighting to be on the right side of a decision that divides between two very different futures.
……..One of the most distinctive things about Fremantle is its loud and proud arts and culture workforce—the ordinary, everyday presence and production of musicians, architects, artists, writers, dancers, street performers and even circus performers. Arts practitioners and businesses are the very definition of the creative economy, and you would be hard-pressed to find leaner and meaner enterprises or people and organisations that do more with less, so it is incredibly disappointing that in my electorate of Fremantle arts funding and support bodies have been subject to so much chaos in the last couple of years.
…….To bring my slightly damp first speech in this incredible place to an end—that will not make sense to people reading this in the future!—I am happy to say that I am a romantic when it comes to representative democracy. I think it is one of the best things. I do not agree with Winston Churchill; I think it is one of the best things. It deserves to be valued. It deserves to be performed with maximum effort, and cultivated with great care, with its essence and structure respected and its live parts allowed to flourish and be renewed. As a new member in this place I intend to listen and learn, to not hold back for fear of making the odd mistake or the odd joke, to participate and work hard in good spirit and good faith, to make a difference and always to apply myself in dedicated service to the people of Fremantle.
It is not a big surprise that Labor candidate Josh Wilson has won the federal seat of Fremantle by 57.1%. Congratulations Josh. I am delighted for you, your family and Fremantle!
What an intriguing election night it is. At present at 8.28 pm the ABC calls 73 seats for the Liberal National Party, 68 for the Labour Party, 1 for the Greens and 4 for Others, but they warns that postal and pre votes might still change the outcome in several seats and that the election probably won’t be called for many days. And still four seats not called.
There is another Freo connection in this election with Brian Mitchell the former editor of the Fremantle Herald winning a seat for Labor in Tasmania and Damian Drum, former Dockers coach winning a seat for the National Party in Victoria.
Tomorrow I will vote for Josh Wilson to represent Fremantle at Federal Parliament. I have decided to go back to the grassroots and vote for a person, rather than for a party, because I was not at all impressed with the very negative campaign of the Liberal and Labor parties.
I am not greatly impressed with Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull because their cynical campaign of sound grabs and repetitiveness lacked substance and clarity. They just throw claims around, accuse each other of lying and at the end, as happens after every election, not many of their promises will be implemented, so where does that leave us voters?
I have decided to vote for the person I have known for many years and watched perform on Fremantle Council. I know nothing about the Liberal candidate whom I have never seen around Fremantle and while I like Greens’ Kate Davis and was impressed with her public performances I am reluctant to vote for her because of the often narrow focus of the Greens members on Freo council. I will however put the Greens high on the Senate ballot as it is important that the government, no matter if it is Labor or Liberal, needs to be scrutinised and balanced through the Senate system.
My observations of Josh Wilson on Fremantle Council have been that he is a thoughtful and thorough member with high integrity, someone who deeply thinks about the issues at hand and at length explains how and why he has come to the decisions he makes. He did not follow a party line or ideology on Council but has been very much his own man who votes for what he believes is best for our city. I have not always agreed with his decisions but I am pragmatic about that as it is the reality of life that our elected members can’t please everyone.
I trust Josh Wilson and know that if he gets elected we will have a member in Canberra who deeply cares about Fremantle and knows it very well. As a father of three Josh has a real interest in the future of Fremantle and Australia and I am confident he will do very well.
You will all make up your own mind and all have different reasons for why you will vote for a certain candidate. That is the beauty of democracy that I respect, so good luck to all tomorrow. May those who really care for our country win and make a difference!
There is nothing subtle about election campaigns so why should Labor’s, and my preferred Fremantle candidate Josh Wilson be any different when trying to get attention.
The team glued all these posters on the windows of the former OZ souvenir shop on the corner of High Street Mall at Kings Square yesterday and it is making a big impact.
The OZ shop by the way has just moved a bit further into the mall opposite Culley’s.
Only six more sleeps and then this far too long election campaign will be over. I am tired of all the hubris, spin, negativity, lies, empty promises, hot air and lack of substance from the parties, but Josh Wilson does have all the personal and professional qualities I want a politician to have who represents Fremantle. Vote for Josh!
It is very disappointing that the Liberal party candidate for the Federal seat of Fremantle Pierette Kelly has pulled out of tonight’s Candidates Forum because of “prior commitments”
It seems strange that she only did that so short before the event and not when it was announced a few weeks ago, but it shows the Libs know they have no chance of winning the seat and don’t care that the community might like to get to know Kelly, who is largely unknown in Freo.
There appears to be a bit of a pattern here as Liberal Matthew Hanssen pulled out of the Mayoral debate for Fremantle three years ago as well, but at least he did turn up for the Federal and State debates held at Notre Dame University.
The forum is on tonight at 6 pm at Tannock Hall, corner Croke Lane and Cliff Street.
Just a quick reminder that the traditional Candidates Forum for the Federal seat of Fremantle will be held tomorrow, Tuesday June 21 at 6 pm at Tannock Hall of the University of Notre Dame.
All candidates have agreed to attend, so this is your chance to scrutinise them.
It’s a free event chaired by Paul Murray of 6 PR.
The federal election is only two more weeks away so it is time to make a decision who to vote for in Fremantle.
On Tuesday the 21st at 6 pm there will be a Candidates Debate at Tannock Hall of Notre Dame University, corner Cliff and Croke Street, just opposite the Fremantle Herald, so come along and ask questions and listen to what our local wannabee pollies have to say.
Today Sunday the 19th is also a chance to connect with Greens candidate Kate Davis who will be at the National Hotel from 12 to 2 pm, so go and meet her and find out how she intends to represent Fremantle.
This is one event not to be missed, so put it in your diary!
The CANDIDATE FORUM for the Fremantle seat of the Federal Election will be held on June 21 at 6 pm in the Tannock Hall of the Fremantle Notre Dame University, corner Cliff Street and Croke Lane.
All candidates have confirmed their attendance, so ask the hard questions and find out if there is a real difference between the parties.
Retiring Fremantle Federal MP Melissa Parke gave her last, valedictory, speech in Canberra’s Parliament House today accusing the government of creating hysteria in Australia over asylum seekers.
“I came into this place to represent the Fremantle electorate and to engage in what I termed the war against indifference. Before I expand on that, I would observe that there have been many wars fought in this place — the war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on people-smugglers, the war on each other. Only the last one seems to have had any success, and that has been to the ultimate detriment of all of us, and of public trust in our political system.”
The ‘war on terror’ has too often become a tool used by governments around the world to suppress dissent, to shrink civil society, to curtail independent media, to increase surveillance of civilian populations, and to erode the rule of law and hard-won civil liberties. We are seeing this in Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Malaysia and Ethiopia, to name just a few countries, but we are also seeing it much closer to home.
“The war on people smugglers, accompanied by a faux concern for drownings at sea, has facilitated the profound deterioration in Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees,” Parke told Parliament.
The human rights advocate attacked the lack of transparency from an “increasingly militarised immigration and border protection agency”.
“The present offshore detention system is a festering wound that is killing people and eroding our national character and reputation. It needs to be healed.”
Melissa Parke proposed an increase in the present humanitarian intake and said Australia should meet its international obligations and take in more refugees.
I want to thank Melissa for her tireless work for human rights all over the world and for her passion and integrity. I have found Melissa to be a absolutely delightful person and feel privileged to have met her on many occasions. I wish her all the very best and look forward to catching up with her in Freo.